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Wildcats Send Seniors, Clark Off With Baseball Win

GO WILDCATS Mike Clark and the Wildcats took two of three from Kansas over the weekend.
Mike Clark and the Wildcats took two of three from Kansas over the weekend.

May 18, 2003

Final Stats

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Marc Chabot had two singles and a double to pace a 16-hit attack that lifted Kansas State to an 8-6 victory over Kansas Sunday in the final Big 12 Conference baseball game of the season for the Wildcats.

Kansas State won two of the three games in the series with the Jayhawks, who earlier in the day had learned they qualified for the Big 12 Conference Tournament this week at Oklahoma City.

The Wildcats finished their season with a 15-37 record overall and a 5-22 mark in the Big 12. Kansas will be the eighth seed in the league tournament, going in with a 35-26 mark and a 9-18 record in the Big 12.

The game was the last in the Wildcat career for 17-year head coach Mike Clark, who announced his resignation earlier this month. In addition, eight seniors played their final game in a K-State uniform.

Pat Maloney led five different K-State players who finished with two hits. Maloney had a solo home run in the eighth inning to provide an insurance run, marking the fourth straight game he had a home run. Maloney finished with 36 career homers, good enough for second on the K-State all-time list behind only the 37 by Scott Poepard (1994-97).

The Wildcats' 16 hits were the most in any one game since March 19 when they had 17 against Rider College. Brad Anzman had a double and triple for the 'Cats, while Ryan Baldwin, Zack Saunders and Brett Williams also had two hits.

For Kansas, Sea Flynn went 3-for-4, while Ryan Baty, Matt Tribble, Travis Metcalf and Lance Hayes each finished with two hits. Metcalf had a leadoff homer in the Jayhawk fourth.

K-State starter Jim Ripley survived 11 hits and five runs over 5 2-3 innings to improve his record to 4-7 this season. Ripley matched a season-high with nine strikeouts. Eric Rollins pitched the final 3 1-3 innings, allowing only one run, to pick up his seventh save, finishing the year third all-time on the Wildcats' single-season list in saves.

The Wildcats broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI double by Saunders, a run-scoring single by Josh Heinrich and a sacrifice fly by Chabot. Kansas pulled within 6-5 in the sixth, chasing Ripley.

Anzman had a two-out triple in the seventh to give the Wildcats a 7-5 lead, but Metcalf brought KU within one again with a run-scoring double before Maloney's solo homer in the eighth.